The phone was truly established as a necessity in the late 20th century, used only for communication, but a lot has changed since then. The first models were completely stationary and usually located in the most social areas of the home like the kitchen or living room. Since the telephone was not such an essential to everyday life at the time it's stationary form was perfect and a step up from the former communication methods they used. As time progressed the telephone transitioned from a stationary position to a more communication friendly position. Moving from the stationary wall to a movable corded phone was a step up and later the phone became cordless and also recorded messages. As the telephone became less of a stationary object so did the communication for everyday life. There was no longer a gap in the communication of family, friends, and businesses because the telephone lacked distance. You could have a visit anywhere with just a punch of a few numbers. As time has progressed the phone has became a second skin. There are very few home phones anymore, because cell phones have taken over the communication world. We now have the full function of a computer in a phone that can fit in the palms of our hands and the technological advances will only continue to manifest.